10 Things to Do in New Orleans This Weekend

Our top picks for events happening in the weekend of July 25-27.

Wynton Marsalis

1. Hosted by The New Movement, the Megaphone Marathons comedy festival comes to New Orleans to provide ample laughs all round for the fifth year in a row. Catch two to three shows a night, from now until Sunday. Tickets, available in advance online, are $7 per show or $10 at the door. 
2. On Friday night, Magazine Street merchants host the Magazine Street Cool Down Block Party, featuring live music, family activities, food and more from 5-9 p.m. Info here
3. On Saturday and Sunday head down to Bywater to lavish in the Big Easy’s favorite beverage and enjoy live music for the fourth annual New Orleans Daiquiri Festival, now a 2-day event. Single day tickets as well as weekend passes are available for purchase here.
4. On Sunday, Wynton Marsalis, legendary trumpeter and composer, returns to his hometown to perform live at the Saenger  with his 15-piece Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to benefit the Tipitina’s Foundation. Info here
5. Dorian Rush stars in True Blue Bayou, a musical paying tribute to Linda Ronstadt. The show is on the books at AllWays lounge from now until Saturday. Info here.
6. There are recitals and competitive performances at Loyola University for the International Piano Competition and Keyboard Festival. The Musical Arts Society of New Orleans competition features 152 finalists from 26 countries. A recital by 2013 winner Viktor Valkov kicks off events at 4 p.m. Sunday at Loyola University’s Roussel Hall. Info here
7. Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, rock heroes of the 1970s, reunite at the UNO Lakefront Arena at 8 p.m. on July 26. Tickets are available online from Ticketmaster.
8. Dinner and “Zoovie Night” is an event for the whole family to enjoy with the giraffes and the elephants on Sunday evening. Bring blankets, chairs and some treats and lay out on the lawn of the Audubon Zoo to enjoy a movie. Before the movie, there will be a DJ. $5 per person for admission. Free admission or children under 2 years of age. Info here
9. On Saturday and Sunday The Stage Door Canteen at the National World War II Museum presents "Jump, Jive & Wail,” which features a cast of 10 celebrating the legendary music and performances of Louis Prima. Info here.
10. Also at the National WWII Museum this weekend is Sunday Swing, where pro swing dancers will be on hand to provide dance lessons while the New Orleans Moonshiners play World War II-era hits. Info here

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